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One of the first pinballs to feature a dual-level playing field, Black Knight was ahead of its time. The upper playing field has two flippers, in addition to the two on the main (lower) field. This game also had a feature called "Magna Save" which, when lit, let the player save a ball which normally would have gone into the gutter. This game is also an early example of a multi-ball game.

A sequel to this game, Black Knight 2000, also sports the Magna Save device.

Black Knight was produced by Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) in 1980.

Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) released 215 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1959. Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) was based in United States.

Other machines made by Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) during the time period Black Knight was produced include: Laser Ball, Tri Zone, Gorgar, King Tut, Time Warp, Algar, Beatles, The - Custom, Blackout, Scorpion, and Firepower


Name Black Knight
Developer Williams Electronics, Inc. (1967-1985) (United States)
Year 1980
Type Pinball
KLOV/MOG # 1059
Sub-Type Solid State
Class Wide Release
Genre Unknown
Conversion Class unique
# Maximum Players 4
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: 2 - StartL Flipper
  • Other - PlungerR Flipper
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - 254 lbs w/legs

Black Knight KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 5.00 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 5.00

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 5.00

Technical Rating: 5.00

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 5.00
Originality 5.00
Sound/Music 5.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Black Knight Census

There are 14,820 members of the Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,875 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 103 known instances of this machine owned by Black Knight collectors who are active members. Of these, 103 of them are original dedicated machines.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Black Knight machines for sale.

Wanted - There are 6 active VAPS members currently looking for Black Knight.

This game ranks a 9 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 10 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Uses Williams' System 3 pinball hardware.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Pinball Machines Eiden Lukas (ISBN 0764303163) Page: 110; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 114; Color photo
  3. Encyclopedia of Pinball, Volume 2 Bueschel (ISBN 1889933023) Page: 223; Black and white photo
  4. Pinball, The Lure of the Silver Ball Flower Kurtz (ISBN 1555213227) Page: 8; Color photo Price guide: No
  5. Pinball Art Temple (ISBN 1872532101) Page: 62-63; Color photo Price guide: No
  6. Pinball Compendium : 1970-1981 Shalhoub (ISBN 0764320742) Page: 171; Color photo

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2015 1 1,667.50 1,667.50
2016 1 1,380.00 1,380.00
2017 3 1,062.00 1,180.00
2018 1 2,478.00 2,478.00
All Years 6 1,398.00 1,510.92


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